One of the world’s largest child pornography networks with 400,000 members sharing images of extreme sexual abuse is destroyed by German police
- German police took down the BOYSTOWN site which was accessible on the Darknet
- Officers say the site had 400,000 members who used it to exchange child pornography
- Three main suspects – 40, 49 and 58 – were arrested and charged with running it
- Fourth man, 64, arrested and accused of being one of the main contributors after uploading over 3,500 videos and images
German police took down one of the world’s largest child pornography sites with more than 400,000 members and arrested four people accused of running it.
The site, known as BOYSTOWN and only accessible through the so-called Darkweb, had been in existence since July 2019 and was used for the worldwide exchange of child pornography.
Investigators scrutinized the site and those behind it for months before arresting three prime suspects, along with a fourth man, last month.
German police took down a child porn site with more than 400,000 members and arrested four men in connection with its running (image file)
Officers say the main suspects are a 40-year-old from Paderborn, a 49-year-old from Munich, and a 58-year-old from Northern Germany who have lived in Paraguay for many years – all of whom are charged with operations. the website.
The fourth man, a 64-year-old from Hamburg, is accused of having uploaded more than 3,500 images and videos to the site since joining in 2019, making him one of its most prolific contributors.
Police said the site was designed to allow for the international exchange of child pornography material by its members, with a particular focus on the abuse of young boys.
“Images and video footage shared also included footage of the most serious sexual abuse of young children,” said prosecutors.
Members could also talk to each other through chat areas of the website and voice channels.
Officers say the three main suspects also instructed members on anonymous surfing to minimize the risk of detection.
The site was detected by a task set up in Germany, but helped by researchers in the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, the United States and Canada.
After the raids and arrests, the BOYSTOWN platform has been brought down, police added.